If you want to avoid hitting a drone, this new AI-enabled system might help

Fast Company by Melissa Locker

News Article | March 15, 2018

Drones are tiny flying devices that can lead to big headaches for commercial airlines, the flying taxis of the future, and even those responsible for national security—as drones simply fly around, Golden Snitch-like, avoiding detection and capture.

A new AI-enabled technology might be able to help.

Airspace awareness company Fortem Technologies announced today that it has closed a $15 million Series A funding round led by DCVC (Data Collective), with participation from Boeing and other aeronautically minded companies. The company will use the funds to build “the world’s most compact, high-performance radar system,” which will deliver a real-time data stream of the location and velocity of all airborne objects, including objects smaller than a soda can that are traveling at high velocity.

Fortem’s TrueView radar system reportedly gives aircraft a 360-degree field of view that can simultaneously track and detect thousands of aircraft, even those beyond the visual line of sight. The radar system is so small (1.5 pounds) that it can be deployed on even small aircraft, or you know, flying taxis. According to a press release, “these systems can scale from a single building to an entire metropolitan area” to help make sure that drone no-fly zones stay no-fly.

Boeing is investing in the project because “proven, powerful and compact radar systems” are part of “Boeing’s commitment to the responsible introduction of future autonomous air vehicles.” It’s all part of Boeing’s plan to create that Jetsons-inspired future that we all dream of.

About Fortem Technologies

Fortem Technologies is an innovator in radar to make airspace safe and secure in a drone world. Fortem delivers military-tested, commercially available solutions that detect, identify and classify drones in real time to maintain airspace safety, while also actively protecting No Fly Zones. Based in Salt Lake City, UT, the company is privately held and backed by DCVC, Mubadala Investment Company, Boeing, Signia Venture Partners, Manifest Growth, and New Ground Ventures. More at fortemtech.com

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